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Crossing into Canada with kids
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:25:52 AM »
What does it take?  I have an "Enhanced" driver's license, so it's no problem for me.  What do we need for the kids?
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 11:30:53 AM »
Do you want to bring them back into the USA?

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 12:10:02 PM »
AS long as Mom and Dad are both with them not a big deal. If only one parent then you have to have some documentation.
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 12:26:20 PM »
AS long as Mom and Dad are both with them not a big deal. If only one parent then you have to have some documentation.


Like a bill of sale?
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 12:36:51 PM »
AS long as Mom and Dad are both with them not a big deal. If only one parent then you have to have some documentation.


Like a bill of sale?

LOL... not sure? a friend was detained for several hours trying to cross with his 8 year old son. for some reason they thought he was kidnapping him? had to get ahold of the local PD and they had to find Mom and verify it was OK to take the kid to Canada??

When my ex took my kids to the Bahamas (on my money but that's a different rant) I had to sign some notarized document that it was OK?  stop by the post office and ask the passport people what is needed, pretty simple.
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 12:45:41 PM »
AS long as Mom and Dad are both with them not a big deal. If only one parent then you have to have some documentation.


Like a bill of sale?

LOL... not sure? a friend was detained for several hours trying to cross with his 8 year old son. for some reason they thought he was kidnapping him? had to get ahold of the local PD and they had to find Mom and verify it was OK to take the kid to Canada??

When my ex took my kids to the Bahamas (on my money but that's a different rant) I had to sign some notarized document that it was OK?  stop by the post office and ask the passport people what is needed, pretty simple.

You mean ask real experts?  :willy:
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2014, 12:47:08 PM »
A box with air holes it it, an address and a shit ton of stamps ought to do it.

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2014, 12:50:42 PM »


You mean ask real experts?  :willy:

I know, I know, seems crazy but it works...
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2014, 12:54:14 PM »

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/do-i-need.html

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Traveling by Land?
 
All adults arrriving by land from Canada or Mexico must have a passport.
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U.S. citizen children under age 16 arriving by land from Canada or Mexico may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate.


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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2014, 01:20:50 PM »
From my sister and BIL that moved to Canada and border cross several times a year with their minor children (sometimes with only one parent in the car)...

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The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.  The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

if flying, they'll need the passport book

plus, will the kids be traveling with both parents? If not, then a letter from the non traveling parent (notarized) that allows the kids to be taken across the border.

We set an expiration date on ours (the letter), but I don't know that you need to. Basically, you come up with your own format for the travel letter.

It's been requested once, when we were flying, and it passed inspection by the border guard.
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2014, 06:09:21 PM »
We ended up getting all of the kids passport cards...not a full blown passport, just a drivers license size card.  Wasn't free, but it was hassle free for us.

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2014, 07:44:12 PM »
Why?
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2014, 08:46:55 PM »
Mainly so we didn't run the risk of losing birth certs, or running into a crabby Mounty, and we just heard it was quicker in and out...we were in Viagra Falls, so there was a lot of back and forth.  It was quick and simple, but I don't know how is would have compared with using birth certificates.

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2014, 09:46:12 PM »
Mainly so we didn't run the risk of losing birth certs, or running into a crabby Mounty, and we just heard it was quicker in and out...we were in Viagra Falls, so there was a lot of back and forth.  It was quick and simple, but I don't know how is would have compared with using birth certificates.

Sorry... I wasn't asking you. I was responding to the OP. Great explanation/reasons though!
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2014, 09:48:32 PM »
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2014, 11:05:28 AM »
We are in the preliminary stages of planning a trip to the east coast, and that seems to be the shortest route for one leg of the trip.  Plus the kids would think it was cool to go to another country.   :bigsmile:
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2014, 12:14:03 PM »
A passport for the kids is the easiest--but, not many kids have those.  Plus you have to buy them, and wait for them to arrive which can take some time.

My wife and I went to Niagara Falls two summers ago with our son.  We used our passports.  A birth certificate was adequate documentation for him.

East coast, huh?  Bar Harbor, ME is gorgeous if you have the time to do it.  Long drive though--ask me how I know.  But, well worth it.   8)


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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2014, 01:21:33 PM »
We hope to hit Bar Harbor- the kids are good at long trips so far, so we'll see.  Welcome GR Wesley!  Nice to have a fellow West Michigan guy here.

I'll check the next time I am at the PO, but it certainly sounds like Birth Certificates are enough for what we have planned (really just passing through). 
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2014, 02:12:53 PM »
Thanks for the welcome!  This forum is full of interesting characters--like the fella who doesn't ride motorcycles anymore and the fella who keeps offering him $1500 for them.   *Chuckle*

You can be the first person in the U.S. to watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia N.P.--if you're into that kind of thing.  My wife and I tried, but it was foggy the morning we tried.   >:(

Don't try bike around Mt. Desert Island/Acadia National Park on the carraige roads unless you are in *great* physical shape.  Lesson learned.

We stopped at Kennebunkport, ME too.  President H.W. Bush has a summerhome there.  Fun to see all the Secret Service guys around when he was there.  Both Bar Harbor and Kennebunkport are like Traverse City, MI, with little boutique shops.  R6 folks can probably tell you more about Maine--beautiful country. 


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« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2014, 02:27:50 PM »
Alright!  Another West Michigander.  Welkom, from Holland.

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2014, 02:36:44 PM »
There's content here?

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2014, 02:44:06 PM »
We are in the preliminary stages of planning a trip to the east coast, and that seems to be the shortest route for one leg of the trip.  Plus the kids would think it was cool to go to another country.   :bigsmile:


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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2014, 05:44:00 PM »
We are in the preliminary stages of planning a trip to the east coast, and that seems to be the shortest route for one leg of the trip.  Plus the kids would think it was cool to go to another country.   :bigsmile:


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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2014, 09:11:00 PM »
We are in the preliminary stages of planning a trip to the east coast, and that seems to be the shortest route for one leg of the trip.  Plus the kids would think it was cool to go to another country.   :bigsmile:


Stop by.

You are in the plan.  We just need to figure out which part...   :bigok:

I think he's expecting you to camp in his back yard.




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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2014, 03:40:38 AM »
Sheep.

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2014, 11:43:16 AM »
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2014, 06:18:47 AM »
Not coming. One, they all talk funny and two I have family there.
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2014, 12:56:36 PM »
We are in the preliminary stages of planning a trip to the east coast, and that seems to be the shortest route for one leg of the trip.  Plus the kids would think it was cool to go to another country.   :bigsmile:


Stop by.

You are in the plan.  We just need to figure out which part...   :bigok:

I think he's expecting you to camp in his back yard.




With the goats and tie dyed lady.

IN!  I'll snuggle with either.
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« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2014, 05:08:42 PM »
Were you able to smuggle those kids across the border?
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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2014, 03:29:39 PM »
Didn't yet- we are looking at routes to the New England and Maine coasts for the summer vacation.  Just doing some preliminary research.
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« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2014, 04:59:33 PM »
Didn't yet- we are looking at routes to the New England and Maine coasts for the summer vacation.  Just doing some preliminary research.

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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2014, 08:11:16 AM »
Planning on it!   :bigok:
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« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2014, 12:04:01 PM »
I may beat you with a cat anyway.

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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2014, 01:07:35 PM »
Excellent.  Tenderized cat.   :drif:
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« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2014, 08:25:07 PM »
Excellent.  Tenderized cat.   :drif:


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Re: Crossing into Canada with kids
« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2014, 10:19:28 AM »
I'm not sure how hard a passport is to get in the U.S. but my 9 year old step daughter is on her second.

My GF and her ex are from France so she's needed it to visit a couple of times but it makes US/CAN border crossings super simple. with the notarized permissions slips of course.



If your route includes the 401 across the top of Toronto on a weekday make sure you hit it between 10 am and 2 pm. it will just be rush hour(s) then not super rush hours. Probably ok between 2200 and 0400 too.   But they repave sections every year and it can cause some hassles.